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The power of the scale

Monday, August 13, 2012

I haven't weighed myself for 3 days. This may not sound like much, but I am a bit obsessed with the scale. I routinely weigh myself at least twice a day. The power that damn thing has had over my mood is ridiculous! In the past, I have had days where I have felt good, ate well, been positive and then got on the scale only to not see the numbers move the way I thought they should and it completely shut me down. Crazy! Of course I know all the reasons my weight can fluctuate daily. I know that if the numbers are up today, they could well be under tomorrow as fluid, sodium, female crap, constipation (lol) and a myriad of other body functions transition. Knowing all this never made much of a difference with the emotional connection I have had with the awful thing. The scale is a great way to monitor your progress, IF you don't obsess. If you realize it is but one bit of data in an overall transition to your well being. I will not let the scale determine my mood. I will not let the scale take from me the feelings of accomplishment I have felt or the energy I have had. I will weigh myself, but not daily. Weekly is fine for me as long as I am on track with my eating and fitness. I have hiked everyday. I feel great about it! Not sure if I'm losing weight, but I feel great, I am sleeping better and I am proud of myself.
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    I'm the same way - I can't NOT weigh myself a few times a day LOL. I only really go by the one that I do 1st thing in the morning though. It's important that when you take the "real" weigh in, it's around the same time as the last time. So if you officially weigh in once a week. Make sure it's the same day and around the same time and after the same routine.

    I weigh myself for 2 different weigh ins - one on Sundays and one on Wednesdays. Always around 9am...AFTER I go to the bathroom LOL but before I have food (I get up at 8am - lucky me =] LOL)

    The scale can be such a mood breaker!! But it can be suck an addiction that it's hard not to know where you stand for the day - at least for me. Since I tend to weigh myself around the same times throughout the day I have noticed patterns and it can help me realize if I worked out hard enough or if I ate too much cuz bloating will make me a bit heavier at that time as opposed to the normal fluctuation. The patterns aren't very accurate but they do make me think before I go back to that fridge. I still would prefer if I could stay away from it, even if I cut it down to once a day.

    I actually have my scales in my kitchen LOL. They sit there to remind me why I shouldn't get into the fridge or cupboards. It doesn't help as much as I'd like but it does help a bit =] Kind of weird LOL
    2135 days ago
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